Eco anxiety and environmental volunteering

24 September 2020

The bushfires of 2019-20 have overshadowed our recent summers and have had an enormous impact on environmental volunteers, who dedicate their time to its protection, and bring out stress and anxiety about the realities of climate change.

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA has collaborated with the Mind Room to host an eco anxiety forum for volunteers and facilitators from Landcare and community groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.

Participants will discuss the impact of environmental events and disasters (with a focus on recent fire events) and share ideas on how to re-empower volunteers and groups in the face of real-life climate change. You do not have to have been directly impacted by the fires to attend.

The forum will be run online over two sessions on Friday 13 November, 10am – 1pm and Friday 20 November, 10am – 1pm. Participants need to attend both sessions.

The Mind Room has been developing tailored group workshops for a range of mental health topics and has been researching the effects of eco-anxiety.

20 places are available for this event. Individuals can express their interest in attending using the form below and the PPWCMA will select 20 participants that represent the widest range of geographical locals from across the region.

A waiting list will also be established, so if you cannot attend this event please still complete the EOI and you will be contacted if a second forum is arranged at a later date.

This event is funded by the Victorian Government and was developed in collaboration with Landcare volunteers and NRM professionals.